Tree Lichen Monitoring
Tree lichen monitoring is a simple, cost-effective, and scientific way to have community members gauge the current state and annual progress of their area’s air quality.
As a follow-up to the white flag campaign, the Hamilton GNC saw this method as a great way to lend more of a scientific backing to the claim that AM-Dofasco is having a negative impact on its neighbours’ air quality. It was also seen as a simple and cost-effective way to continue to build capacity in neighbourhoods looking to gauge and track their air quality. From late November 2010 to May of 2011, the campaign trained approximately 144 high school students and residents across Hamilton. The initiative resulted in a city-wide community-driven study that was able to identify pollution patterns and pollution hotspots (the majority of which were located in neighbours adjacent to industry).
Resources, Materials, and Results
Environment Hamilton’s Tree Lichen Participant Handbook (The How-To Document)
- Environment Hamilton’s Instructor’s Guide to Tree Lichen Monitoring
- Environment Hamilton’s Lichen Recording Sheet
- Environment Hamilton’s Lichen Results Newsletter
- Environment Hamilton’s Lichen Results Maps
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